Kellogg Dental offers our patients dental implant services. A dental implant is a metal post or frame that your dentist surgically positions in your jawbone. Implants fuse to your jawbone, providing support for the artificial tooth mounted on top of it. Unlike dentures, dental implants don’t come loose. They can benefit your oral health as well because they don’t have to be anchored to the surrounding teeth like bridges. You might be a candidate for dental implants if you have healthy gums and bone to support them.
If you don’t have sufficient bone to properly support dental implants, don’t worry. Kellogg Dental offers three bone grafting services to strengthen your jaw bone. The first way we can supplement your jaw bone is with a sinus lift. Sometimes the sinus will enlarge in size following the loss of upper molars. When this happens, there is not enough bone in the upper jaw for your dentist to properly place dental implants. During a sinus lift, your doctor will take bone from other areas of your mouth to replace the missing bone in your upper jaw.
Our practice also offers autogenous bone grafting. Dental implants can only be placed when the patient has enough bone in their jaw to properly support them. If you do not not have enough bone to support a dental implant, your doctor will take bone from a different part of your mouth and graft it onto the deficient area of your jaw. Finally, if you’re getting a dental implant to replace an infected tooth, Kellogg Dental offers implant site development. When an infected tooth is removed, there may be some loss of bone around the infected area. Your dentist can graft bone onto the site to add structure for when you get your dental implant.
Kellogg Dental is always striving to stay up-to-date with the latest in dental technology. That’s why we’re happy to provide our patients with computer-enhanced dental implant treatment planning. Our computer software system allows your dentist to evaluate a 3D digital image of your teeth to assess bone quality and find the best spot to place your implant.
As with your normal teeth, maintaining good oral hygiene is an important part of keeping your dental implants in tip-top shape. Kellogg Dental will provide you with a custom-made implant maintenance plan to keep your implants clean and infection-free. And as always, make sure to keep up with your regularly scheduled dental cleanings and examinations.
Call 517-618-0987 today to learn more about dental implants or to set up your next appointment!